What are antibiotics used for?

Antibiotics are medicines used to prevent and treat bacterial infections in humans, animals, and plants.

What is antibiotic resistance?

Antibiotic resistance is the ability of bacteria to survive or grow in the presence of the antibiotics that are meant to kill them. This resistance makes infections harder to treat and increases the risk of disease spread, severe illness and death.

Why is antibiotic resistance a global concern?

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria can spread from place to place and can move from veterinary hospitals to homes, pass between pets and humans, and back again. This is a big issue because, against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the effectiveness of antibiotics gets weak. Therefore, antibiotics are becoming increasingly ineffective leading to more difficult-to-treat infections. We must use them carefully, or they'll become ineffective.

How can we help fight antibiotic resistance?

To prevent antibiotic resistance, it's crucial to use antibiotics only as directed by the vet. Maintaining high hygiene standards at the vet's clinic is essential as well. We can all contribute by using antibiotics only when needed, as instructed, and for the appropriate period.

How can I better organize antibiotic administration?

A consistent antibiotics administration, following the vet’s recommendation, will increase the possibilities of success in pet’s treatment and recovery. Using a medication tracker for better organization helps reduce the risk of error and keep your vet informed during follow-up visits. An antibiotic tracker can make it easier to keep track of the pet's medication schedule. The time for treatment prescribed by your vet might vary. Always follow your vet's indications.

The Importance of Follow-up Vet Appointments:

Keeping the Vet Informed: 

A follow-up appointment is crucial when antibiotics are prescribed for pets. It allows us to update the vet on the pet's progress.

Re-Examination for Better Care:

The vet might want to re-examine the pet during this visit. This helps to determine whether the infection is improving as expected. If not, adjustments can be made to the treatment plan.

Addressing Questions and Concerns:

Chances are we have more questions about pet's condition. This follow-up appointment offers an extra opportunity to find answers. No question is too small, so we should not hesitate to ask.

Meet Ulrika Grönlund

A message from Dr. Ulrika Grönlund, our Sustainability and Medical Communications Manager. In this brief series of videos, Dr. Grönlund sheds light on the vital topic of antibiotic prescription and the need for a more thoughtful approach in veterinary medicine. See more videos and join us in our journey toward wiser antibiotic use.


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